September 14, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Canton fought off Athens in the first set on its way to a sweep here Tuesday night in NTL volleyball action.

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September 14, 2021 Tim Birney

LITCHFIELD — The Athens boys and girls each picked up wins over Sayre and Sullivan County here Tuesday afternoon in cross country action.

Athens 15, Sayre 50
Athens 15, Sullivan County 50
Sullivan 15, Sayre 50

The Wildcats swept the top nine spots and posted 15-50 wins over Sullivan County and an incomplete Sayre team.

Kyle Anthony finished first in a time of 20:19, while Matt Gorsline was second in 20:22, Ethan Denlinger was third in 20:29, Ethan Hicks was fourth in 20:49, and Carter Lewis was fifth in 21:20.

Sander Bertsch (22:20), Nate Prickitt (23:12), Izaak Hobday (23:18), and Brendan Jones (23:56) finished sixth through ninth, respectively.

Aiden Oldroyd finished 11th for the Wildcats in 25:23, Pierce Oldroyd was 13th in 26:45, Ryan Gorman was 17th in 29:02, and Lohith Kinthala was 20th in 34:11.

Sayre’s Braylon Dekay finished 15th in 27:40, and Andrew Panek was 22nd in 41:33.

Athens 15, Sayre 50
Athens 18, Sullivan 37
Sullivan 15, Sayre 50

Junior Emma Bronson and freshman Sara Bronson finished 1-2 in nearly identical times, and Athens swept the top four spots in topping Sullivan County, 18-37, and an incomplete Sayre squad, 15-50.

Emma Bronson and Sara Bronson clocked in at 23:54, while Thea Bentley was third in 27:11, and Cailin Conklin was fourth in 28:09. Abby Prickitt finished 10th in 31:17.

Corey Ault finished seventh in 30:22 to lead the Lady Redskins, while Rose Shikanga was eighth in 30:31, and Debrah Shikanga was 12th in 33:24.

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September 14, 2021 Tim Birney

WESTFIELD, Pa. — Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer outdistanced the field by seven strokes, and two of his teammate shot career-best rounds to lead the Redskins to the win here Tuesday afternoon in NTL golf action at the River Valley Golf Course.

The Redskins fired a four-player aggregate score of 365 to best runner-up Wellsboro by 10 strokes. Wyalusing was third with a 281, while Athens, playing without low scorer junior Cam Sullivan, finished fourth at 400,, Towanda was fifth at 404, Cowanesque Valley was sixth at 427, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 431.

With the 6-0 mark on the day, Sayre returns to first place with a 15-3 record, while Wellsboro, now 19-4, slips back to second. Athens and Towanda are tied for third at 16-7.

VanDuzer fired a round of 80 on the 6,079, par-72 course. He birdied the 355-yard, par-4 first hole, and the 460-yard, par-5 15th hole.

NP-M junior Andrew Green, and Sayre junior Colton Watkins, who shot a career-best round, tied for second with rounds of 87.

Athens sophomore Evan Cooper, who also birdied the 15th hole, finished fourth with an 88, while Sayre senior Dom Fabbri was 12th with a career-best round of 95, Sayre senior Dylan Seck was 18th with a 103, and Athens freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh was 20th with a 106.

Athens junior Lucas Kraft and sophomore Nicholas Jacob, and Sayre senior Josh Arnold each shot rounds of 108.

Sayre junior Jackson Hubbard tacked on a non-scoring round of 121, and Athens freshman Brady Darrow added a non-scoring round of 133.

Sayre sophomore Sam Claypool shot a nine-hole exhibition score of 52, while Athens junior Isabella Dahl carded a 58, and Sayre sophomore David Hall Jr. recorded a 67.

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September 13, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Junior Alli Thoman scored a pair of goals early in the second half to lift Athens to a come-from-behind, 3-2, win over Troy here Monday evening in a key early-season NTL girls soccer match-up.

“That was a huge win tonight,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “We needed the win to set the tone in our conference as the NTL is important for us each year.

“We have a ton of respect for Troy and knew they would come to battle,” he noted.

“I thought every girl stepped up, and played their heart out for 80 minutes,” added Pitts. “We played our way into the game a bit, but hit our stride as the game went on.”

Senior Hannah Walker gave the Lady Wildcats the early lead with a goal about 13 1/2 minutes into the game. The goal was set up by Thoman and freshman Addy Wheeler, who were both credited with assists.

About six minutes later, Addy Parker scored off a feed from Camille McRoberts to tie the game at 1-1.

Two minutes after that, McRoberts found the net from long distance to give the Lady Trojans a 2-1 lead.

About 3 minutes into the second half, senior defender Caydence Macik fed Thoman, and she fired a shot into the net to tie the game at 2-2.

With 24:38 remaining in the contest, Thoman took a cross from Walker and found the net again to give the Lady Wildcats a 3-2 lead.

Athens continued to pressure the Troy net, but keeper Madelyn Seeley was up to the task.
Troy outshot Athens, 12-10, and had a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Junior Karlee Bartlow had 10 saves in net for Athens, and Seeley had seven for Troy.

Pitts was pleased with his team’s performance.

“I was really pleased with Karlee (Bartlow) in goal. She made some incredible saves,” he said. “The back four — Mia Robinson Caydence (Macik), Kaylee (Grazul), and Taegan Williams — was really sound.  

“The midfield worked extremely hard up and down the field,” noted Pitts. “Mya (Robinson), Addy (Wheeler), Taylar (Fisher), Abby Panek and Kendra just ran all night.
“And up top, (Hannah) Walker and Alli (Thoman) created really good mismatches in how they played together,” Pitts added.

Athens, now 2-1, returns to action Wednesday at Williamson.

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September 11, 2021 Tim Birney

HORSEHEADS — Horseheads scored about eight minutes into the game, and made it stand, topping Athens, 2-0, here Saturday night in non-league boys soccer action at the school’s new multi-sport stadium.

Trevor Howard, off a feed from  from Jimmy Haberstoh, found the back of net from a little less than 10 yards out to give Horseheads a quick 1-0 lead.

After more than 53 minutes of scoreless action, the Blue Raiders believed they had added an insurance goal with 18:59 remaining in the game. Athens keeper Levi Kuhn attempted to make a diving grab of a free kick, but the ball squirted loose, and Connor Benitez was there to punch it into the net.

The official closest to the play quickly waived the goal off, keeping it a one-goal game.

Horseheads kept the pressure on in the later stages of the game, and Haberstoh tacked on an unassisted goal with 4:45 remaining to provide the final margin.

Horseheads had an 8-3 advantage in shots-on-goal. Both teams attempted two direct kids.

Kuhns had six saves in net for the Wildcats, while Carson Smith had three for the Blue Raiders.

Athens, now 2-3, returns to action Tuesday at Troy.

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September 11, 2021 Tim Birney

TUNKHANNOCK — Athens avenged its only loss in pool play beating Tunkhannock in the finals to win the annual Tunkhannock Volleyball Tournament here Saturday afternoon.

After posting a 6-1 mark in pool play, including a win over Towanda in the opening game of the game, the Lady Wildcats swept Wyoming Area in the semifinals, then swept Tunkhannock in the championship match.

“The girls had a spark in their shorts starting our first game against Towanda,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “I saw great teamwork and communication on the court today.

“It was such an awesome experience for all of us to go from a tough loss (Friday at NEB) to big-time victory the next day,” added Hanson. “I am very proud of how the team played.”

Athens hosts Canton Tuesday night.

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September 11, 2021 Tim Birney

ONEONTA — The Athens boys had three runners finish in the top 13 on their way to a third-place finish here Saturday at the Dave Forbes Cross Country Invitational, while the Lady Wildcats finished ninth.

Ithaca was the runaway winner of the team title with 35 placement points, while runner-up Columbia tallied 71, Athens had 97, fourth-place Union-Endicott had 118, and fifth-place Elmira had 151 points.

Senior Kyle Anthony led the Wildcats with a ninth-place finish in a time of 17:37.3, while senior Matt Gorsline was 12th in 17:45.8, and junior Ethan Denlinger was 13th in 17:47.6.

Freshman Ethan Hicks finished 30th for Athens in a time of 19:02.8, and freshman Carter Lewis was 33rd in 19:06.7.

Senior Sander Bertsch was 59th in 20:15.4, and junior Nate Pricket was 65th in a time of 20:32.4 in the field of 129 runners.

Freshman Sara Bronson and junior Emma Bronson finished in the top 12 to lead the Lady Wildcats Saturday.

Emma Bronson clocked in with a time of 21:11.3 to finish ninth, and Emma Bronson finished 12th in 21:28.2.

Sophomore Thea Bentley finished 67th for the Lady Wildcats in a time of 26:48.5, while sophomore Cailyn Conklin was 89th in 28:44, sophomore Emily Henderson was 96th in 29:57, and junior Abby Prickitt was 115th in 33:29.5.

Athens finished sixth in the junior varsity race, led by Izaak Hobday, who finished eighth in a time of 20:35.

Aiden Oldroyd finished 24th for the junior Wildcats in a time of 22:19, while Lohith Kinthala was 29th in 23:54, Pierce Oldroyd was 32nd in 24:30, Ryan Gorman placed 43rd in 27:00, and Brendan Jones was 46th in 31:51.

Seventh-graders Graham Wanck and Eli Hicks placed 1-2 in the modified boys race.

Wanck clocked in at 7:55.1, and Hick s crosses the line in 8:11.3, while Charan Venkataswamy was 20th in 9:46.8.

Isaac Roy finished 35th in a time of 11:03.6, while Andrew DeForrest was 39th in in 11:20, Arayan Gaur was 52nd in 14:41.1.

Eighth-grader Addison Burns paced the modified girls with a third-place finish in a time of 9:50.5.

Kayla Marshall finished 24th in a time of 13:33.3, and Madeline Henderson was 31st in 14:54.1.

Athens returns to action Tuesday at Sayre.

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September 10, 2021 Tim Birney

ROME, Pa. — Athens battled for three sets, but Northeast Bradford was dominant in the fourth set of a 3-1 win here Friday evening in NTL volleyball action.

The Lady Panthers won the first two sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-20, but the Lady Wildcats pulled out a 25-22 decision in the third set. NEB cruised to a 25-9 win in the decisive fourth set.

“Tonight was just the typical volleyball mental ups-and-downs,” said Athens coach Heather Hanson. “My team was quieter than I'd heard in a long time, they really had to work at being loud, which is not typical for them.

“This team has tons of potential,” she added. “I just need to have patience because they are coming along and they are going to be good.”

Jenny Ryan led Athens with nine kills, nine setter assists five digs, and two service points, while Taylor Walker had five points and two blocks, Ally Martin had four points (three aces), two kills, and 10 digs, and Ella Coyle had four points (three aces), and nine digs.

“Jenny Ryan did an amazing job running the floor touching every second ball,” said Hanson. “Taylor Walker had some huge blocks tonight changing the momentum of the game for the girls.

“Ella Coyle received an incredible game — I’m so excited for her,” noted Hanson. “And, Ally Martin was a machine; her serving game and digging was incredible.”

Audrey Clare had two points (two aces), five kills and six digs for the Lady Wildcats, while Braelynn Wood added three digs, and Kassie Babcock chipped in with two blocks.

Athens returns to action Saturday at the Tunkhannock Tournament.

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September 10, 2021 Chris Manning

TOWANDA — On the playmaking of Mason Lister, Athens went into Towanda and took care of business, beating the Black Knights, 35-0, here Friday night in NTL football action Friday.

“It’s a great feeling, because I’m happy for the kids,” said Athens coach Jack Young. “Last week was a tough loss, but we had kind of a goofy week this week. We got a little sloppy at times, and we got a lot of kids some playing time, so that’s really good for us.”

Lister had a four touchdown night - three rushing, one passing - as he gave the Towanda defense fits with his ability to make things happen.

“We’ve talked about that a little bit, about our decision making, and put the thing away,” Young said about Lister. “He took care of the ball a little better tonight, at times, and he also took off. He’s got to know that he can beat some people with his feet. He’s starting to do that a little bit, and it’s only going to make us better.”

Lister ran the ball eight times for 67 yards to go with his three scores, while he was 7-for-8 for 138 yards, and a touchdown, through the air.

Shayne Reid led Athens in rushing with 110 yards on 12 carries, while Caleb Nichols had 30 yards and a touchdown on three rushes. As a team Athens ran the ball 34 times for 242 yards.

Karter Rude had a big day at receiver, hauling in four catches for 108 yards and a score, while JJ Babcock had two catches for 18 yards.

Freshman Riley Vanderpool was everywhere for Towanda, running the ball 17 times for 47 yards, while also getting six receptions for 51 yards. Rhyan West had 31 yards rushing on five carries, but left the game at the half.

Grady Flynn was 7-for-12 for 32 yards with a pick under center.

Athens took the opening kick-off at their own 32-yard line, and needed just six plays to hit pay dirt. A 36-yard pass play from Lister to Rude on the third play from scrimmage set them up at the Towanda 10-yard line. Three plays later Lister punched it in from the one to put the Wildcats up 7-0 on the Reid extra point.

Towanda was able to get a first down on their initial drive, but it fizzled out and they were forced to punt.

The Wildcats took over on the Knight 39-yard line, and only needed to plays to score - a 20-yard Reid run, followed by a Lister to Rude 19-yard scoring strike. Reid’s point after was good, and the Wildcats led 14-0 halfway through the first quarter.

After a 3-and-out for Towanda Athens took over at their own 46-yard line. This time they needed eight plays to score, but the Knights didn’t make it easy.

A 20-yard pass play from Lister to Rude, followed by a 17-yard run from Lister, set Athens up at 1st-and-goal from the four.

Their first three runs, though, were stuffed by Towanda. On fourth-and-1 Lister tried a quarterback sneak, and punched it in. Reid’s kick was good, and Athens led 21-0 with 11:51 left in the half.

Towanda’s offense showed some spark in their ensuing drive as Flynn hit Vanderpool for a 13-yard gain. A West 7-yard run on the next play set up a Flynn to Vanderpool 3-yard hook-up for another first down.

West followed that up with a 12-yard run up the gut to get inside the Athens 35-yard line. On the next play, though, West again found room up the middle, but as he was fighting for yards, the ball popped out, and Athens hopped on it to take it back.

Towanda would force them to punt on their next drive, giving the knights good field position at their own 45-yard line.

However, on the first play from scrimmage, Flynn’s pass was tipped, and picked off by Reid. He appeared to take it 65-yards to the house, but it was called back due to a block in the back.

Starting at their own 28-yard line, Athens would need just six plays to score. Big runs from Rude and Nichols got the Wildcats to the Towanda 36-yard line. Four plays later Lister scrambled out of the pocket, down the left side of the field, and snuck into the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown run.

Reid’s kick was blocked, but the Wildcats took a 27-0 lead into the half.

Towanda took the kick-off in the second half, and proceeded to nickel and dime their way down the field.

Starting at their own 38-yard line, they would get off 17 plays to get down inside the Athens 10-yard line. All in all they picked up four first downs, and chewed off 7:46 off the clock, as they converted three third downs, and one fourth down - a 6-yard run by Flynn - to keep the drive alive.

On fourth down at the 7-yard line they tried a field goal, but Logan Lambert’s attempt was just wide left.

The Wildcats took over on their own 20-yard line, and needed seven plays to score. On the second play from scrimmage it was 2nd-and-21 when Lister hit Rude for a 32-yard gain. Three plays later Reid ran 29 yards to the Towanda 12.

Two plays after that Nichols ran it in from 8-yard out for their final score. Reid ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 35-0 with 50.6 left in the third.

There was no scoring in the fourth - Towanda’s defense did stop Athens from scoring from inside the 10-yard line, forcing them to turn it over on downs - as both teams gave their subs a chance get on the field.

Athens will hit the road again next week as they travel to South Williamsport. The Mounties just lost their second game in a row to Canton, and now 1-2, so they’ll be looking to get back to .500.

“We’re going to probably face a tough, physical South Williamsport team this week,” said Young. “We’re just going to keep building in every aspect.”

Athens returns to action Friday when it hosts South Williamsport.

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September 10, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Hannah Walker dished out two assists, and scored the game-winning goal to lead Athens to a 3-2 win over crosstown rival Waverly here Friday afternoon in non-league girls soccer action on “Senior Night” at Alumni Stadium.

“This is a big win for us on Senior night,” said Athens coach Rich Pitts. “I am so proud of the girls.
“Every girl played a role in this as the bench gave us a ton of energy cheering us the whole game,” noted Pitts.  “And, the girls on the field worked really hard to execute the game plan we put in place.

“The defense played really well. Mya (Thompson) and Addy (Wheeler) did a fantastic job shutting down (Kennedy) Westbrook and (Lea) VanAllen,” added Pitts. “This was exactly what we needed heading into the Troy game Monday … we will need that same intensity and more.”

“This was a tough game that pointed out to us that we still have a lot to work on,” said Waverly coach Tara Hogan.

“I think we were playing intimidated right from the start,” she noted. “Against O-M, we were aggressive and consistent with putting pressure on the ball ... we gave Athens too much space to work with. 

“Athens gained more and more confidence throughout the game and put a lot of pressure on our defense,” added Hogan.

With 24 minutes remaining in the first half, freshman Addison Westbrook was fouled in the box, and sophomore Lea VanAllen drove the resulting penalty kick into the back of the net to give the Lady Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

Junior Ally Thoman, off a feed from Walker, scored with eight minutes left in the first half to tie the game at 1-1.

With 29 minutes left in the game, Kennedy Westbrook and VanAllen worked a give-and-go, resulting in a Westbrook shot from just in side the 18 toward the bottom left of the goal. The shot caromed off the inside of the post and into the net to give Waverly a 2-1 advantage.

The lead was short-lived, however, and Kendra Merrill, off a feed from Walker, scored two minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.

With 17 minutes left in the contest, Walker took a feed from sophomore Mya Thompson and deposited it into the back of the to give the Lady Wildcats a 3-2 lead.

Athens had a 7-3 edge in shots-on-goal, and an 8-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Waverly’s Lea Cole had four saves in net, while Athens’ Karlee Bartlow had two.

Athens, now 1-1, hosts Troy Monday, while Waverly, also 1-1, travels to Notre Dame Friday night.

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September 8, 2021 Tim Birney

MIDDLEBURG, Pa. — Midd-West scored twice in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the game, and cruised to a 7-0 win over Athens here Wednesday night in non-league boys soccer action.

Athens coach Jake Lezak had little to say following the loss.

“We were sloppy and made mistakes all over the field,” he said. “Simply put, it’s not good enough from us.”

Kynn Loss scored about 3 1/2 into the game, and again 55 seconds later to give Midd-West a quick 2-0 lead.

About 10 minutes into the game, Nolan Stahl scored to make it 3-0. Owen Solomon, who assisted on Loss’s first goal, was credited with his second assist.

Nick Eppley, who assisted on Loss’s second goal, scored an unassisted goal with 20:26 remaining in the first half.

Eppley scored two more goals in the second half to complete his hat trick, and Evan Leitzel finished off the scoring in the 55th minute.

MIdd-West had a 17-3 advantage in shots-on-goal, and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks.

Conner Mosher had 10 saves in net for the Wildcats.

Athens, now 2-2, travels to Horseheads Saturday night.

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September 7, 2021 Tim Birney

MANSFIELD — Sayre senior Kannon VanDuzer tied for low-medal honors, and Athens finished second — just 1 shot behind Wellsboro — here Tuesday afternoon in NTL golf action at Corey Creek Golf Course.

“It’s nice to see the improvement in all the kids from week to week,” said Athens coach Lenny Pientka. They are good at recognizing what aspects of the game they need help with, and we work on it each practice.

“It’s a steady process that helps them breakdown the game and improve,” he added.

Wellsboro shot a four-player aggregate total of 375, while Athens tallied 376, Wyalusing was third at 385, Sayre was fourth at 410, Cowanesque Valley was fifth at 446, Towanda was sixth at 449, and North Penn-Mansfield was seventh at 510.

It’s the second time this season (just three matches), Athens has finished second by 1 stroke. The Wildcats finished 1 stroke behind Sayre in the season-opener at The Club at Shepard Hills.

VanDuzer and North Penn-Mansfield’s Andrew Green both shot rounds of 83 on the par-72 course. VanDuzer shot a 41 on the front nine, and a 42 on the back, while Green shot 44-39. VanDuzer had the lone birdie for the two.

Athens sophomores Cameron Sullivan and Evan Cooper finished fourth and fifth, respectively, shooting rounds of 90 and 92.

Wildcat freshmen Dylan Saxon and Keaton Sinsabaugh were 11th and 16th, respectively, with rounds of 96 and 98. Lucas Kraft was 19th with a non-scoring round of 104, and freshman Sean Clare tacked on a 118.

Cameron Sullivan, Evan Cooper and Dylan Saxon have been steady players,” said Pientka.

“We are fortunate that someone steps up each week to fill our four spot,” added Pientka. “At Shepard Hills, it was Lucas Kraft; today at Corey Creek it was freshman Keaton Sinsabaugh who came through.”

Sayre senior Dylan Seck finished 14th with a 97, while senior Dom Fabbri carded a 113, and senior Josh Arnold added a 117. Junior Jackson Hubbard tacked on a non-scoring round of 119.

Athens’ Brady Darrow and Sayre’s David Hall Jr. each shot a nine-hole score of 55, and Sayre’s Sam Claypool had a 65.

STANDINGS: 1. WELLSBORO, 14-3; 2. ATHENS, 13-4; 3. SAYRE, 9-3; 4. WYALUSING, 12-5; 5. TOWANDA, 5-12; 6. C. VALLEY, 4-13; 7. NP-MANSFIELD, 0-17.

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September 7, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Senior Nate Quinn scored four goals, including a first-half hat trick, and senior Mason Hughey added three scores, including his 50th career goal, to lead Athens in an 11-0 whitewashing of Towanda here Tuesday afternoon in NTL boys soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

After more than 14 minutes of scoreless action, the Wildcats scored four goals in less than 5 1/2 minutes.

Hughey started off the scoring with an unassisted goal with 25:44 remaining in the first half. Just 89 seconds later, junior Tucker Brown slid a pass from the end line into the center of the box, and Quinn punched it past the Towanda keeper to make it 2-0.

After another 89 seconds, Quinn scored an unassisted goal to make it 3-0, He capped the run with another unaided goal with 20:20 left in the first half.

Freshman Mitchell Hamilton scored his first varsity goal with 7:47 remaining in the first half, driving a shot from 30 yards out just under the cross bar to make it 5-0, which is where the score stood at the intermission.

The Wildcats scored five more goals in the first 9 1/2 minutes of the second half to stretch its lead to 10-0.

Hughey scored the first goal, off a feed from Quinn, about 2 1/2 minutes after the intermission, then Quinn — off an assist from sophomore Korey Miller, made it 7-0 just 55 seconds later.

About two minutes, Hughey scored his milestone goal, off a feed from Miller to extend the lead to 8-0 with 34:27 remaining in the contest.

Senior Daniel Horton, who looped a shot over the keeper’s hands from about 35 yards out, and junior Brayden Post each scored goals in the next four minutes to give the Wildcats a 10-0 lead.

Freshman Isaac Wilcox notched his first career goal with 7:06 remaining to cap the scoring.

Athens outshot Towanda, 28-2, and had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Athens, now 2-1, returns to action Wednesday at Midd-West.

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September 7, 2021 Tim Birney

ATHENS — Vestal scored early, and pulled away late in a 5-0 season-opening win over Athens here Tuesday night in non-league girls soccer action at Alumni Stadium.

Athens coach Rich Pitts said the loss will help his young squad in the long run.

“I thought we played hard the entire game,” he said.

“We have some tactical things that showed up that we need to work on,” added Pitts. “It was a tough match, but it definitely made us better as a squad.”

Lilly Wlostowski scored in the seventh minute to give the Lady Golden Bears a quick 1-0 lead, and Ava Schmidt scored in the 17th minute to up the advantage to 2-0, which is where it stood at the intermission.

Brown scored nine minutes into the second half to make it 3-0, and Bailey McDonald and Miller added goals late in the game to provide the final margin.

Vestal, which opened the season with a 6-0 loss to Ithaca Friday, improves to 1-1 on the season.

Athens hosts Waverly Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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September 4, 2021 Tim Birney

MONTOURSVILLE — Athens rallied for a 3-2 win over Montoursville in its season-opener, but couldn’t quite duplicate the feat later in day in a 4-2 loss to Danville in the championship game of the Montoursville Tournament here Saturday in boys soccer action.

“Overall, it was a decent day,” said Lezak. “It showed us exactly what we needed to see, and exactly what we need to work on.”

Athens 3, Montoursville 2

Athens scored three second-half goals to rally for a 3-2 win over Montoursville in the opening game of the tournament.

Dino Pulizzi scored in the 21st minute, and again in the 35th minutes to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead at the half.

Junior Brayden Post put Athens on the board five minutes into the second half to trim the deficit to 2-1.

Sophomore Korey Miller scored his first varsity goal, off an assist from senior Mason Hughey, with 5:53 remaining to tie the match at 2-2.

Just 75 seconds later, senior Nate Quinn, off a feed from Miller, netted the goaded goal.

“We changed up our line-up at half, and came back to get the win,” said Lezak.

Athens had a 7-6 edge in shots-on-goal. Both teams had three corner kicks.

Championship Game
Danville 4, Athens 2

Athens again rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie the game, but Danville scored two more goals late in the game for a 4-2 win in the championship game.

The Ironmen scored midway through the first half, and again with 9:50 remaining to take a 2-0 lead.

Senior Daniel Horton put the Wildcats on the board with an unassisted goal with 6:22 left in the first half.

With just 44 seconds remaining before the intermission, Quinn, off an assist from junior Tucker Brown, found the back of the net to tie the game at 2-2.

Danville scored with 13 1/2 minutes left in the contest, and again 10 minutes later to ice the win.

“Danville’s last two goals were just sloppy play on our part,” said Lezak.

Danville had an 8-6 edge in shots-on-goal, and a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

The Wildcats, now 1-1, host Towanda Tuesday, then travel to Midd-West Wednesday, and Horseheads Saturday.

“We have a tough week ahead of us, so we need to get some rest and get back to training Monday,” noted Lezak

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